HC to decide quantum of damage to school wall collapse victim

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Orissa High Court has issued notice to the district collector of Keonjhar on a PIL questioning the quantum of compensation to the family of a five-year-old girl student, who died in October 2013 when a government-run school wall caved in. Asking the Collector to reply in an affidavit, the Division Bench of Chief Justice A… Read more »

Woman maintenance plea dismissed for hiding salary

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A local court has dismissed a woman’s appeal for maintenance from her estranged husband on the ground that she had concealed details of her employment and salary from it. Additional District Judge Gurnam Singh dismissed the woman’s application seeking maintenance saying the woman had concealed the fact that she was employed and her salary was… Read more »

Delhi HC grants 10 days parole to Vishal Yadav

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The Delhi High Court today granted 10 days parole to Vishal Yadav, one of the three life convicts in Nitish Katara murder case, to attend his younger brother’s wedding. A special bench of justices Geeta Mittal and Justice J R Midha granted parole to Vishal on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a… Read more »

No bail for superintendent of Arthur Road jail

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The sessions court today rejected the bail application of the suspended chief of Mumbai Central Prison (also known as Arthur Road jail) Vasudev Burkule, arrested for demanding a bribe from a jail officer to pass him in an examination. This is the second time the court has refused bail to Burkule. He had been denied… Read more »

Apex court’s anti-gay verdict misjudgement, say celebs

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Celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar, Kunal Kohli and Shruti Haasan have strongly disapproved of the Supreme Court’s verdict that holds same-gender consensual sex as an offence. The verdict, they feel, has pushed people to the dinosaur era. The Supreme Court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhayay, Wednesday setting aside the Delhi High Court… Read more »

Tejpal sent to judicial custody for 12 days

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Tehelka founder and former editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, who has been accused of sexually assaulting his female colleague, was on Wednesday sent to 12-day judicial custody by a court in Goa. The court also ordered to lodge him in a separate cell in prison for two days and said it will decide later on security to… Read more »

Homosexuality is an offence: SC

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi high court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex. The apex court upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that makes anal sex a punishable offence. LGBT activists, whose sexual relationships had been… Read more »

Centre, states must respect human rights panels: Somnath

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Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee Tuesday urged central and state governments to show respect to recommendations of human rights commissions, saying the main purpose of forming such panels would be defeated if their recommendations were ignored. “I feel, conceding to the governments the authority to ignore or defy the commission’s decisions or directions as… Read more »

Former Reebok India MD summoned in defamation case

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A Delhi court has summoned a former managing director of Reebok India Company in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Germany-based Adidas AG. Considering “prima facie” that Subhinder Singh Prem, who headed Reebok India — a subsidiary of Adidas AG, had made defamatory remarks against Adidas AG, metropolitan magistrate Navita Kumari issued summons against him… Read more »

Reduce train speed in forests to protect elephants: SC

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The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the railways to take steps for reducing speed of trains passing through reserve forests so as to save elephants who die after being hit by the fast-moving trains. A bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra also asked the railways to explore restricting the movement of trains including… Read more »